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I called Llama Travel with some trepidation back in January, having found them online, but with no recent reviews. Well, we have just returned from a trip to the Amazon rainforest, Lima, Cusco and Macchu Picchu, and everything went like clockwork (apart from American Airlines, who lost our luggage and then denied they had it). The hotels, the fabulous Condor Travel, their Peruvian agents, the sights, everything was great. They were also tireless about answering questions before we travelled, and endless patient. My only comment is that we would have liked the full Condor Travel programme here in the UK before travel; we got it on arrival in Lima. Otherwise, first class
My wife and i travelled to Peru in May 2008 with Llama Travel on their 16 days Incas & Conquistadors + Condors & Convents + Lake Titicaca package. We had talked to friends who had spoken enthusiasticly about their travels in Peru,saying how wonderful a place it was, we had read a lot on the internet and had done much research on the areas where we would be travelling,so our expectations were high.... We were not disappointed, the holiday far exceeded what we expected, it was just SENSATIONAL from start to finish and the scenery was breathtaking... Llama Travel were 'Brilliant', we had superb local guides in all the different locations we went too. Their knowledge of the history, culture, traditions, surrounding enviroment etc. etc. was just remarkable.
The hotels, transferes, pick-ups and transport vehicles were first class. THANK YOU 'LLAMA TRAVEL' for giving us the holiday of a lifetime. You arranged EVERYTHING for us, the only thing you left us to do was..... Enjoy the Wonders of Peru....
April 2008My wife and I traveled to Peru with Llama travel in April 2008.We had a fantastic 16 day tour organized by them.Everything was well organized, people met us when they should and were on time. All the people were local Peruvians so their knowledge was spot on.All the transport was good quality with air-con as standard.When you see the transport arranged by some other companies,you feel thankful. A nice touch was everytime you were picked up by Llama's arranged transport you were given a bottle of mineral water. A small thing, but very convenient as you drink a lot at high altitude. (well done Llama)Would without hesitation recommend Llama if you are traveling to Peru.
Well What More Can I Say???
I used this little known tour operator Llama Travel when I recently went to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. This tour operator specialise only in Peru, Galapagos and Ecuador holidays. The reason I am writing a review on this tour operator is because they gave such fantastic service from the first initial contact till the end of our holiday in South America.
Brief History Of Llama Travel.
After living in Peru for several years and enjoying the wonderful wildlife, amazing scenery along with the culture and adventure Luca Newbold felt that everybody should have the chance to visit this country. When he returned to the UK he found that holidays to South America were far too expensive for the average person to holiday to. Along with a former director of Thompson Holidays Llama Travel was set up with the aim of making holidays to South America more affordable to all.
Llama Travel began by offering holidays to Peru and then later on Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands. They now offer a first class service to all their customers whilst still providing value for money.
Point Of Contact.
From the first time I contacted Llama Travel I found them very helpful. They could answer most of my queries straight away and if they needed to find out about a particular request they got back to me promptly. They were excellent at answering my Emails as I continued to ask them further questions as I thought of them even though we had already booked. They always ended their conversations whether by phone or Email with ¬ďPlease don¬ít hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.¬Ē Trust me I did this to the full.
Llama Travel¬ís brochure for Galapagos and Ecuador is very easy to read giving good details of their various trips. There are many coloured photographs of the sights, and good detail of the yachts used. The pricing is clear and you can tailor make your trip by adding other excursions to the various itineraries already on offer for an extra cost which is just what we did. On return looking at the brochure again the photographs were exactly what we saw out in Ecuador.
The website is equally as good if not better than the brochure. It is easy to navigate and is very informative. There are also customer comments on previous holidays.
If you are just interested in learning about South America then have a look.
On Location In South America.
Everything was very well organised. We were met when we were supposed to .They were represented by Andean Trails in Ecuador. These people were on time, friendly and polite. They couldn¬ít do enough for you. The local transport arranged to take us to the various places was clean and safe with excellent drivers. All guides were very knowledgeable throughout. Prebooked excursions were very good and I have to admit I am not fond of doing pre arranged excursions as when I have done these with other companies they are always arranged for the convenience of the tour operator. I usually suss places out whilst on the holiday. I thought they were good value for money. All the things I had made known to them in the UK e.g. being vegetarian and having a seafood allergy was noted.
I also like the fact that Llama Travel use local people as guides and care that they are treated well and are paid fairly. This in turn works to better the lives of people living in the local communities. They also encourage to visitors to support the local economy by buying locally made goods and using local services.
I enjoyed the trip so much I am looking into doing their trip to Peru and the jungle next year with them. I know I can rely on being giving honest answers to any questions I have rather then them saying anything just to sell a holiday. As you may well have guessed
I thoroughly recommend them.
Llama Travel Limited
49A Oxford Road
Tel 020 7263 3000
Recommended. Yes. They really provide a trip of a lifetime.
Our trip was Galapagos Starfish & A taste of Ecuador plus excursions of Bellavista cloud forest, Colonial Quito and Otavalo ¬£2294 per person. ( booked Oct 2006)